Cascade (Peter Murphy album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Studio album by
Released11 April 1995
RecordedRecorded at El Cortijo Studios, Andalusia, Spain, Mayfair Studios, London, England.
GenreAlternative rock, gothic rock, electronic, Ambient,[1] Experimental[1]
LabelAtlantic, Beggars Banquet
ProducerPascal Gabriel
Peter Murphy chronology
Holy Smoke
Singles from Peter Murphy
  1. "The Scarlet Thing in You"
    Released: 1995

Cascade is the fifth studio album by English musician Peter Murphy. It was released on 11 April 1995, through Atlantic and Beggars Banquet Records. Produced by Pascal Gabriel, it is Murphy's last album on Beggars Banquet and first album not to feature his backing band, The Hundred Men, which disbanded after Holy Smoke tour.[2]

Murphy embarked a five-week joint North American tour in 1995 with American singer Jewel in support of Cascade and Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores

Ned Raggett of AllMusic was positive in his assessment of the album. Raggett wrote: "Another step further up in Murphy's continuing embrace of generally positive, inspiring work, Cascade shows him once again not repeating himself." He also stated: "With a slightly quirky Statham keyboard loop starting things out, it develops from a minimal vocal/electric guitar combination into a huge, skybound declaration of love and devotion. It's Murphy at his most commanding and passionate, and the band's brilliant performance doesn't let up a jot."[2] CMJ reviewer Chris Molanphy described the album as "the sort of stuff MTV used to play after midnight five years ago – groovy, inoffensive, unfashionable and kinda stupid. As guilty pleasures go, you could do a lot worse."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Paul Statham and Peter Murphy except where noted

1."Mirror to My Woman's Mind" 5:34
2."Subway" 4:37
3."Gliding Like a Whale" 4:24
5."Mercy Rain" 3:43
6."I'll Fall with Your Knife" 4:31
7."The Scarlet Thing in You" 4:24
8."Sails Wave Goodbye" 4:44
9."Wild Birds Flock to Me" 3:48
10."Huuvola" 5:54
11."Cascade" 6:08
Total length:52:49


  • Peter Murphy – vocals, lyrics, cover concept
Additional musicians
Other personnel
  • Pascal Gabriel – production, programming
  • Pete Schwier – mixing, engineering
  • Shamil Agun – cover art
  • Sevil Sert – photography
  • Eric Tims – photography
  • Stephen Webbon – design

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (1995) Peak
CMJ Top 75[5] 21


  1. ^ a b Shirley, Ian (25 December 1995). Dark Entries: Bauhaus and Beyond. ISBN 9780946719136.
  2. ^ a b c Raggett, Ned. "Peter Murphy - Cascade". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Newsmakers". Billboard. Vol. 107, no. 37. September 1995. p. 89. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ Molanphy, Chris (May 1995). "Peter Murphy - Cascade". CMJ (21): 37. ISSN 1074-6978.
  5. ^ "CMJ Top 75 Alternative Radio Airplay". CMJ New Music Monthly (24): 54. August 1995. ISSN 1074-6978.

External links[edit]